Confusion about FreeNAS support in 2.0



  • Greetings,

    First I would like to say that I did read the sticky topic http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,10201.0.html about FreeNAS support, which states that it is not comming. On the other hand there is a link to another thread http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,5111.0.html inside of the locked thread stating that FreeNAS is in fact comming but only in 2.0 so I am understandably confused as to whether it is comming or not.

    Thank you.

    P.S. I would suggest modifying the sticky to simply state whether it is ever going to happen or not.



  • It's not going to happen because it's a bad idea.  Oh, and the sticky is from after that thread.



  • Disagree with bad idea :)
    That I saw, just wanted to clarify. Thanks for the reply!



  • It's a bad idea because it's a security issue.  A router/firewall should be just that.  All-in-one systems are just asking to be hacked.



  • I deleted the second thread you linked as it appears to be the confusion source for a number of people. Years ago someone was working on it with a target of 2.0 as an optional package, but was abandoned nowhere near being functional, isn't being worked on, and we have no plans of ever working on it. Our focus is on environments where you would never combine the role of a NAS and firewall. If the new FreeNAS rewrite is jail-friendly, it's possible it could be added as a jail add-on at some point, but don't hold your breath. If you're willing to do the development, knock yourself out.



  • @jasonlitka as I don't want to clog up the thread I PM'ed you :)
    @cmb thanks this clears it up quite nicely



  • I think it's bad idea, this will increase latency, decrease bandwidth, etc. I rather use pfsense for broadband bandwidth and have stand alone freenas to use LAN bandwidth without choking the pfsense server. Why don't you try Zentyal (formerly eBox) trust me you'll see serious performance penalty and run back to pfsense in 60 seconds flat.


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